Warmly hospitable Gaia had a (litigious) namesake in Connecticut; hence, the one-letter name change. Here, meze are brought unbidden to your table (panfried calf’s liver; luscious muhammara, made with garlic, walnuts and red peppers; and more); take only the ones you want. If you have enough self-control to save room for a main course, note that each comes with bulgur, straw potatoes, a zucchini fritter and a dollop of kaymak, a sort of clotted cream. It’s probably just as well that dessert is limited to seasonal fresh fruit.
98 Ave B
|Cross street:||between 6th and 7th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Sun 6pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave; 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. MC, V|